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How Long Does It Take To Taper off Benzodiazepines?

The simple answer is it depends on the person. There is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ schedule, although the internet may say otherwise. Many factors play a role including length of time on the benzo; other medications that may interact; health challenges; age, health conditions, etc. At Point of Return, we assess each person individually so we can design a program specifically to assist in Alprazolam withdrawal or withdrawal from other types of benzodiazepines.


Many factors can affect a person’s tapering rate for benzodiazepines. For instance, most commonly people are taking other medications which can directly affect benzodiazepine functioning or the benzodiazepine may be affecting those medications. Other things to consider are how long benzodiazepines had been taken beforehand, the health challenges of the person, and even outside factors, like stress. All these varying components can determine the rate of someone tapering off of benzodiazepines.

With all these factors in mind, Point of Return looks at each case individually and creates a schedule specifically designed for each client. We have used hundreds of different schedules fashioned for a wide variety of clients so they can achieve the best success with Alprazolam withdrawal. Some people need to taper very slowly, while others can go quicker, but we don’t focus on trying to get the quickest results. We want a lasting impact.

Point of Return uses calming supplements in our benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment programs so that tapering rates can be quicker than a person can achieve without them. Expert guidance, mentoring and all natural, potent nutraceuticals are some of the important benefits experienced with Point of Return’s withdrawal programs.

Our specific priority with benzodiazepine withdrawal is working on healing GABA receptors that send chemical messages to the brain. As someone is tapering off the drug, we want the body to begin to heal and the receptors readjust at each level of the taper. One of the main issues tapering benzodiazepines is that too often the person’s focus is often only on getting off the drug, and they don’t realize their GABA receptors have been modified and there is significant healing that must take place. 

Many people will get off one drug, but then have serious withdrawals, including insomnia, anxiety or depression, because their receptors have not healed properly. They then turn to a different drug to fix the symptoms they experience without fixing the root of the problem. There is no drug solution for a drug problem, your nervous system needs to heal and why we believe healing should take place as you taper, not only after.

Overall, tapering rates of benzodiazepines varies tremendously. At Point of Return we consider all factors and find the best format and schedule of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal treatment for our clients so they can fully recover from benzodiazepine addiction and receive the care they need. We place high priority that healing is happening as clients taper off so that once they come off they don't reinstate. GABA is the most prevalent neurotransmitter in the human body and 45 million GABA receptors are altered by benzodiazepines.  Start the healing process while tapering, that is a way to achieve success.

If you are ready to get off benzodiazepines, call us at 866-605-2333 or contact us to learn more about how we can help with your Ativan withdrawal, Alprazolam withdrawal, Temazepam withdrawal, or benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment of any kind. 

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